Thursday, March 16, 2017

Book Tour : Lyrics Heart & Soul by Anne Marie Citro

Contemporary Romance
Date Published: November 14 2016

One of America’s most reclusive rockers, Ryder Vaughn, gets an unusual sentence handed down to him. The judge, hoping to teach him the value of human life, sentences him to ten months of community service at Reach Within Centre for individuals with special needs. Ryder is convinced that, if he isn’t crazy already, he will be by the time his sentence ends. However, his only other option forfeits his band’s livelihood. Five minutes after stepping into the centre, his entire life changes when he meets a gorgeous, little spitfire who will challenge everything he has ever believed about himself and the world around him.

Francesca's devotion has always been to her family, friends, and the job she is passionate about. Her life hasn’t been easy. She sacrifices a lot for the ones she loves and for her dream to visit Italy. Then Francesca finds herself in a desperate situation, and the tattooed beast who is serving his debt to society must save the headstrong woman from a secret that could destroy her. In turn, Francesca teaches Ryder, if you love something enough, it’s worth fighting for.

Ryder knows he isn’t worthy of love, but this incredible beauty makes him want it. Ryder can save Francesca from her secrets, but can she save him from his? Is Ryder strong enough to endure the kids she loves and her crazy Italian family? Ten months can fly by or it can last an eternity.

Author Interview

1) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 

I think I always wanted to be a writer, but I was a kid with learning disabilities and until spell check made it possible a few years ago, it remained a dream. My grade one teacher told me I should learn to be a good mother and wife because that’s all I would ever amount to. I wish she lived long enough to read one my books, or see me teaching in a high school for students with multiply physical and mental disabilities.

2) What do you think makes a good story?

I believe real life makes a great story. I love hearing a headline from the news, but not the context of the story, then creating my own story. Life is stranger than fiction. I think you have to put real emotion in your writing. I want my reader to feel like it is them experiencing what the character is living through.

3) Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Be true to yourself and your writing. I remember reading my first bad review and thinking “What am I doing? I am not really a writer” but then I read the next five reviews which were great. You aren’t going to please everyone, and that’s okay. Write what you love and you will please your fans and yourself. Listen you have to live with the characters in your head. I would rather keep them happy and quite then the people that don't like my books. It makes for a calmer place in my head.

4) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I learned that I can do absolutely anything I put my mind to. I wrote, produced, published and promoted my books. I recently wrote my granddaughter a letter in case I am not around when she is older to impart my wisdom. I told her to try everything once. I paint with oil, acrylic, and watercolors. I have created woodcarvings by hand with a chisel and also with a chainsaw. I have designed and created jewelry, iron and medal sculptures. I have created cool wood and leather burnings. I love to gourmet cook and used to decorate cakes. I absolutely love doing all these things but I have mastered none of these things. Do it because you love it and not because you are the best at it.

5) Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I get asked this question a lot and it is simple for me. I read or hear a headline of a news story but not the context of the story. Or I see someone that inspires me to wonder what their life is like. I then create a story or a character around that. For example, I heard on the radio years ago about Prince Harry being on vacation and one of his friends sold a naked picture of him to the media. I couldn’t even begin to understand how that felt. So, I created a character Edward in my first book to answer that question for myself. But I had to do a lot of research to be realistic and lend credence to my character. I am writing a series but every book in the series is a standalone book and my fair Edward shows up in every book because my fans loved him and I wasn’t ready to goodbye to him.

About Author

Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favourite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She works with special-needs teenagers, that have taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes. Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her life long dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier then riding on the back of her husband's Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.and enjoys about three books per week.

Contact Information
Twitter: @AnneMarieCitro

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